Last Monday we packed up from three days of camping at Balsam Cove Campground at Toddy Pond to drive to Acadia National Park to see the park and purchase our annual pass. Brian, a camper in the site next to us, told us about Seawall Campground inside Acadia that does not take reservations and almost always has availability. We are glad he did!
After purchasing an annual pass to the park we drove to Seawall. It’s a beautiful campground on the south side of Acadia that is almost entirely tent-only sites. In fact, many of the sites are walk-in sites. Most of the campsites are laid out so that it is difficult to see fellow campers through the trees. In addition to being somewhat isolated the sites are very large. And very reasonably priced; our campsite was $20 per night. A short trip down a path through the woods leads to a very clean and modern bathroom. The only downside is that there are no public showers available to campers. It was very cool to sleep with the sounds of woodland animals nearby and crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. The air was filled with smells of the pine forest mixed with the salty smells of the ocean. It was, in a word, paradise.
During our three night stay at Acadia we drove to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Bar Harbor, and up Cadillac Mountain. We ate lunch at Geddy’s and hiked several miles of the gorgeous carriage trails to see pristine ponds and lakes. We ate fresh wild blueberries we picked along the carriage trail at Paradise Hill and played in the intertidal zone at the end of the Wonderland Trail.
We also walked across the bar that connects Bar Island to Bar Harbor. At low tide the bar connects the island to the mainland but at high tide it is covered by the water in Frenchman Bay. We hiked to the summit of the island and as we returned to the trail head a lady asked us if we’d seen two men going up the trail. I confirmed to her that we had, at the top, afterwhich she told us that their car was in danger of being submerged by the rising tide. Sure enough, it was parked on the bar and the water was only a few inches from the bottom of the doors. We stood with many onlookers as the water continued to rise. Just as the water level approached the doors one of the men emerged from the woods in a full sprint to rescue his car. We all had a good laugh at this guy from Jersey and were glad he was able to get his car out :)
The girls and I had a blast. We’ll certainly spend many more days and nights in our glorious national park.